Indian Christmas Treats & Recipes

Christmas Recipes

Are you interested in trying a few Indian treats?

Our daughters enjoyed a blessed Christmas with the As Our Own family this weeek.  And just as many families do in the US - we gathered around food and family.  A few of the snacks made include sweets which are an infrequent food in India, and truly just for special occasions.

Gulab Jamun is a favorite - it is somewhat similar to a sugar/syrup soaked donut hole - it sounds strange but trust us, it is delicious! Karanji is another favorite which is a fried pastry with a sweet stuffing, & Shankarpali is delicious too which is a flaky crisp fried dough cookie. Our girls enjoy these special treats on Christmas and also on New Year's eve. If you're feeling adventurous, give them a try. They're easier than you might think, try the recipes below.

Gulab Jamun Donuts

Gulab Jamun - Indian Donuts (photo from

Gulab Jamun Ingredients

For Gulab Jamun:
  • 1 cup milk powder
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour or maida
  • 1 tsp oil or ½ tsp ghee
  • a pinch of salt (optional)
  • a pinch of baking soda
  • 1 to 2 tbsp yogurt
  • a few blanched pistachio or almond slices for garnishing

Sugar Syrup:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 3-4 green cardamoms, husked & crushed or powdered
  • a pinch of saffron/kesar (optional)
  • 1 tsp rose water (optional)
Click Here for Step-by-Step Gulab Jamun Cooking Instructions



Shankarpali - Flaky Crisp Fried Dough Cookie (photo from

Shankarpali Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups maida/all purpose flour
  • ½ cup rava/sooji/semolina
  • ½ cup organic unrefined cane sugar/regular sugar or as required
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 to 3.5 tbsp milk or as required
  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil for making fried shankarpali and 3 tbsp ghee or oil for making baked shankarpali
Click Here for Step-by-Step Shankarpali Instructions



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